Into that Vast Expanse

Lord-Captain's Personal Log 3

4.254.041.M42

+++FILE DESIGNATION: Lord-Captain’s Personal Logfile+++
+++TEMPUS: 4.254.041.M42+++
+++LOCATION: Merv 12RB-75+++
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Ah, it has been a fine few weeks.

It is fortuitous to have been given the opportunity so early in our voyage to make an example of a traitor to the crew. It appears the commercial cargo-master was receiving payments from the Montressor Dynasty. Whether this was an innocent mistake on her part or not is of no consequence. She had to be made example of. Victrix and Lilyth handled the interrogation adequately, but there was little riding on its outcome. For the future, it would be wise to have a crewman better trained in the interrogative arts. The exercise was primarily for Nicostratus’s benefit, as he is still becoming accustomed to our way of doing things. However, I’m sure the entirety of the crew heard my message loud and clear: I do not tolerate betrayal.

Our pursuit of the Gilded Hook was not in vain! It appears they were headed to the planned destination to ransack archeotech ruins in the area. Orpheus’s skilled navigating put us in the Mirv 12RB-75 system not far behind Sarles Canseco and his vessel. I hailed the man and determined that his corruption had spread more than I had even initially suspected. He had committed fully to the pirate persona and, sealing his fate, bore the overt marks of xenos influence. I issued demands that he surrender himself to the Emperor’s Mercy. However, he refused and we were forced to pursue and engage.

I am pleased to report that the crew has successfully completed their first ship-to-ship combat operation. The performance of the gunnery and Enginarium crews was exemplary. Triox’s performance with regard to the artefact Castellan void shield array was particularly outstanding. I dare say he and his men saved us from significant unpleasantness. I had expected more glitches in our first combat, but – other than some minor issues in ops and the Collateral Damage’s targeting systems – it went rather smoothly. Victrix is to be commended for drilling the crew so fiercely. Also, though we suffered no casualties, I have received reports the Medicae deck crew is performing over and above expectations.

After defeating his cowardly tactics, I boarded Sarles’ ship with the senior staff and my storm troopers. We rapidly seized control of main ship systems and I confronted the Captain on the bridge. I read him his sentence in accordance with Arbites custom and military law, then offered him an opportunity to repent. He refused to repent his heinous activities, but he also did not implicate his crew in his misconduct. I am pleased that he showed at least that much honor. And, so, I delivered a quick execution to Sarles and his command crew. The colony materials were quickly returned to Ifetchi and his people. The general crew of the Gilded Hook seems willing to continue in my service. Naturally, I’ll have to keep an eye on them, but having a second vessel to oversee the Emperor’s latest colony must be counted as a positive outcome.

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+++FILE DESIGNATION: Lord-Captain’s Personal Logfile+++
+++TEMPUS: 4.328.041.M42+++
+++LOCATION: Mirv 12RB-75+++
+++RECORDING BEGINS+++

After several weeks, the system survey reports I requested have finally come in. It appears there was more to this place than initially met the eye. I have dispatched orders to begin investigating possible landing sites for the colonists. In the meantime, however, the command crew and I will begin exploring the archeotech ruins on the moons orbitting the gas giant designated Ozymandias. Certainly, such explorations pose security concerns, but I must admit that my curiosity outweighs any fears. Furthermore, it is our sacred duty to the Emperor and the Imperium of Man to unearth whatever untold wonders these ruins may hold.

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